Picnic with the president: Senior Spirit Days to honor Class of 2013

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September 21, 2012
Column: Finishing well
September 21, 2012

Picnic with the president: Senior Spirit Days to honor Class of 2013

Seniors from the Class of 2012 take part in the annual senior picnic held last spring at the Joneses’ home. Photo: Photo Services

It’s only the middle of September, but senior fever is already setting in.

To help cure—or at least slow down—some of the symptoms, Senior Spirit Days will be held Wednesday to Friday.

The first event on Wednesday will be exclusively for those most infected with senior fever: those finishing their degrees in December.

The Alumni Association is sponsoring a graduating student expo for first semester graduates from after chapel until 2 p.m. in the lobby of Rodeheaver Auditorium.

“It’s just a matter of appreciation for our graduating students,” said Dr. Jeff Heath, director of enrollment planning.

Dr. Heath said a lunch will be provided for the graduating students, who can come anytime during the expo.

There will also be a drawing for a Bruins gym bag, and the graduation memorabilia company Herff Jones will also be giving away a prize.

According to Dr. Heath, representatives from various campus services, including the Financial Aid office, Career Services and the Records Office, will be available to assist with graduation planning. Herff Jones will also be represented at the event.

“It’s a one-stop shop for all those necessary tasks that need to get done in order for graduation,” Dr. Heath said.

Another expo will take place in the spring for May and August graduates, but all seniors will be able to take part in the other events during Senior Sprit Days.

“It’s a time for the Alumni Association and us as seniors to celebrate the fact that we’ve made it to the end,” said Abbi Gregory, women’s senior class representative.

Seniors will be able to enjoy refreshments at the gazebo throughout the Spirit Days. The Joneses are also inviting the graduating class to their home for a picnic on Thursday night.

Abbi said the picnic will be a time for members of the class to fellowship with one another.

A late-night pizza party sponsored by the Alumni Association will also be held Friday following the Bruins vs. Columbia International game. The party will feature a foosball challenge and the chance to play Xbox on a 10-foot screen.

“This will be a time to unify together as a class,” said Andrew Buhr, men’s senior class representative.

Andrew also said the class of 2013 will be promoted not just during Senior Spirit Days, but also throughout the year. “We’re trying to show that this is the best year to be a senior at BJU,” he said.